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  • Four Times the Declaration of Independence Mentions God, and Why It Matters

    07/04/2016 3:03:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | July 3, 2016 | Tyler O'Neil
    Many historians call the Founding Fathers "Deists," and many of them were not true Christians -- after all, Thomas Jefferson tore all the miracles out of the Gospels! But judging by the Declaration of Independence, our Founders were more religious than many think: our founding document mentions God no less than four times.This is not to say America was founded as an explicitly Christian nation -- the federal government has never had an established religion. But the Jewish and Christian understandings of God deeply influenced the founding generation, and that influence radiates from the Declaration of Independence.Here are the four...
  • Louisiana lawmaker labels Declaration of Independence racist in debate

    05/28/2016 8:58:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | May 28, 2016
    The Declaration of Independence came under attack from an unlikely quarter—a state legislator. Louisiana lawmaker Barbara Norton (D-Shreveport), argued that America’s founding document was racist during debate on a bill requiring public school students in the state to recite the Declaration of Independence daily, Fox & Friends reported Saturday. “For the Declaration of Independence only Caucasians (were) free,” Norton, who is black, said Wednesday during the debate on the floor of the Louisiana House of Representatives. “And for you to bring a bill to require that our children will recite the Declaration of Independence I think it’s a little bit...
  • Interior Department quietly suspends Arctic drilling leases

    10/18/2015 9:09:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 10/18/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    As part of the Friday night news dump, the Obama administration did a complete about face on the subject of Arctic oil exploration. After years of supporting research and efforts to keep our options open for future energy development, Interior Department boss Sally Jewell sent out word that extensions or expansion of permits for drilling off of Alaska’s coast would essentially be extinguished. (Seattle Times)
  • Meet 7 of the Most Interesting Founding Fathers You’ve Never Heard Of

    07/02/2015 5:42:55 PM PDT · by gwjack · 29 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 7/2/2015 | Michael Sabo
    When reading the Declaration of Independence over the holiday weekend, it’s easy to skip over the names of the signers and focus instead on the sweeping language of the second paragraph. This overlooks the fact that the signers pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor in order to found a country upon self-evident truths rooted in the nature of man.
  • What the Declaration of Independence Really Claimed

    07/04/2015 8:16:42 AM PDT · by unlearner · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/4/2015 | Randy Barnett
    Today, while all Americans have heard of the Declaration of Independence, all too few have read more than its second sentence. Yet the Declaration shows the natural rights foundation of the American Revolution and provides important information about what the founders believed makes a constitution or government legitimate. It also raises the question of how these fundamental rights are reconciled with the idea of “the consent of the governed,” another idea for which the Declaration is famous. When reading the Declaration, it is worth keeping in mind two very important facts. The Declaration constituted high treason against the Crown. Every...
  • CNN Anchor: ‘Our Rights Do Not Come From God’

    02/12/2015 10:19:21 AM PST · by PROCON · 159 replies
    cnsnews ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 | Curtis Kalin
    During a heated discussion over gay marriage, CNN morning Anchor Chris Cuomo opined that the unalienable rights endowed to all Americans do not come from God. Cuomo was debating Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Near the end of the back-and-forth and after Moore argued that rights cannot be handed down by men, Cuomo blurted out:“Our rights do not come from God, your honor, and you know that. They come from man... That’s your faith, that’s my faith, but that’s not our country. Our laws come from collective agreement and compromise.”
  • Federal Judge Accuses DOJ Attorneys of Defrauding The Court, Threatening Witness ...

    01/26/2015 5:54:36 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 30 replies ^ | 1/26/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Late last week reporter Tim Steller of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson published a piece about alleged serious misconduct and intimidation from DOJ attorneys during the trial and lawsuit of former ATF agent and whistleblower Jay Dobyns against the government. One of the recently unsealed documents, a Dec. 1 opinion by Judge Allegra, finally explains why in October the judge voided his original decision, made in August, to award Dobyns $173,000. (He later reversed his decision to void the judgment, which still stands.) The reason: The judge believed that Justice Department attorneys had “committed fraud on the court.” One...
  • Speech on the 150th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence: Calvin Coolidge July 5th 1926

    07/04/2014 8:20:46 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 6 replies
    July 4th 2014 | Cripplecreek
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania We meet to celebrate the birthday of America. The coming of a new life always excites our interest. Although we know in the case of the individual that it has been an infinite repetition reaching back beyond our vision, that only makes it the more wonderful. But how our interest and wonder increase when we behold the miracle of the birth of a new nation. It is to pay our tribute of reverence and respect to those who participated in such a mighty event that we annually observe the fourth day of July. Whatever may have been the...
  • Obama’s Interior Secretary to Dying Eskimos: “I’ve Listened to Your Stories, Now I Have to

    02/28/2014 5:11:23 PM PST · by lowbridge · 70 replies ^ | february 28, 2014 | daniel greenfield
    In one of Alaska’s most remote outposts, where a thousand hardy souls make their homes, the Obama administration has put the fate of birds and bears above the lives of people, blocking construction of an 11-mile gravel trail connecting a tiny fishing hamlet to a life-saving airport. King Cove has a clinic, but no hospital or doctor. Residents must fly 600 miles to Anchorage, via Cold Bay’s World War II airstrip, for most medical procedures including serious trauma cases and childbirth. Frequent gale-force winds and thick fog often delay or jeopardize medevac flights. According to local Aleutian elders, 19 people...
  • Interior Secretary Orders ‘Right Balance’ of Energy Development on Public Lands

    11/01/2013 9:13:22 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    CNSNews ^ | November 1, 2013 | Penny Starr
    ( – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Thursday announced a “mitigation strategy” for development projects, including natural gas and oil production, on public lands. It was her first formal “secretarial order” since taking the job. “Today we have an unprecedented opportunity – using science and technology to create a better understanding of landscapes than ever before – to advance important conservation goals and achieve our development objectives together,” Jewell said in a speech at the National Press Club. She said it’s a question of striking the “right balance” between development and conservation and helping businesses to be “good partners and...
  • Oklahoma City bombing: Missing videos?

    09/16/2013 6:55:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    fox ^ | 9/15/13 | fox
    Federal Judge Orders Trial Against F.B.I.
  • Government Scientist Gets Fired for Telling the Truth

    01/19/2013 5:17:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | January 19, 2013 | David Spady
    Something’s amiss at the Department of Interior. Eight government scientists were recently fired or reassigned after voicing concerns to their superiors about faulty environmental science used for policy decisions. Which begs the question, “Are some government agencies manipulating science to advance political agendas?” Fictional book authors operate in a convenient world, unconstrained by facts and experiences of the real world. The antithesis of works of fiction are scientific findings solely based on provable facts and experience. For agenda-driven environmental science, facts can sometime prove inconvenient. It’s far easier to advance an agenda with agreeable science, even if that means creating...
  • How to Celebrate the 4th of July - Read the Declaration

    07/04/2012 3:20:25 PM PDT · by GVnana · 12 replies
    Hillsdale College ^ | 7/4/2012 | Our Founders
    On July 4, Americans gather to celebrate our nation’s Independence at family gatherings, backyard barbecues, and firework displays. Often we do this without thinking of the meaning of this uniquely American holiday. For too long – from our classrooms to the halls of Congress - our Founders, the Declaration, and our Constitution have been forgotten or even willfully ignored. But 2012 must be different. This year, join with Hillsdale College in a simple – yet powerful – symbol of support for the principles of liberty. This 4th of July, Hillsdale College wants you to join with your friends, family, and...
  • DOI: Millions of Offshore, Onshore Lands Leased for O&G Activity Idle

    05/15/2012 8:49:59 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    "These lands and waters belong to the American people, and they expect those energy supplies to be developed in a timely and responsible manner and with a fair return to taxpayers," said DOI Secretary Ken Salazar in a statement Tuesday. API, WEA Call Report 'Absurd', Rehash of 'Tired Rhetoric' The American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Western Energy Alliance (WEA) both criticized the report. API President and CEO Jack Gerard called it "a political ploy designed to distract American voters from the administration's failed energy policy."
  • US to issue sweeping fracking rules on federal land

    05/04/2012 8:51:57 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | May 4, 2012 | The Wall Street Journal
    The Obama administration will soon issue sweeping new environmental safety rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal land, setting a new standard that natural gas wells on all lands eventually could follow. The rules, which are likely to be unveiled by the Interior Department within days, are designed to address concerns that the method of extracting natural gas known as "fracking" can contaminate groundwater. Among other things, they create new guidelines for constructing wells and treating waste water, according to a draft of the proposed rules reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. ~~snip~~The fracking rules apply to natural gas drilling on...
  • U.S. Oil Production Increases In Spite of Team Obama’s Best Efforts

    03/25/2012 12:00:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies · 1+ views
    PJ Media ^ | March 24, 2012 | Duane Lester
    In the past three years the number of oil rigs in America quadrupled to 1,272. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney didn’t hesitate to boast , “Oil and gas production in the United States has risen every year since the president’s been in office. Oil production is now higher than it’s been in eight years.” President Barack Obama pushes the same message: “Now, we absolutely need safe, responsible oil production here in America. That’s why under my administration, America is producing more oil today than at any time in the last eight years.” This is true. But it has...
  • Ruling: Polar bears can’t be used to regulate CO2

    10/18/2011 8:37:50 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | October 18, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    Some good news on the ridiculous polar bears are endangered because of climate change front. It seems the linkage to CO2 has been..ahem, denied. I like this part: Sullivan said that Fish and Wildlife Service failed to conduct a proper environmental review when creating the protections for the polar bear. The agency must now go back and conduct an environmental assessment of the outcome of the rule, and consider other options. Oh, that’s gotta hurt.Alaska Representative Don Young said: The lawsuits to list the polar bear as endangered were never about protecting polar bears. Instead they were nothing more than...
  • EPA - DOI Schools in Indian Country

    08/22/2011 8:03:55 PM PDT · by Rabin · 6 replies ^ | 08/22/2011 | EPA Staff (Enesta Jones)
    Environmental Protection Agency today announced a comprehensive settlement with the Department of the Interior … at schools in Indian Country, owned or operated by DOI's Indian Affairs…tribal schools in Arizona and New Mexico-Navajo territory are impacted. EPA conducted compliance inspections and data reviews at more than 100 DOI schools and public water systems. The settlement addresses all alleged violations under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Emergency Planning and Community-Right-to-Know Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act's PCB provisions, and AHERA.
  • The Interior Department's Culture of Contempt

    02/04/2011 4:16:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | February 4, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Oops, they did it again. President Obama's grabby-handed environmental bureaucrats have earned yet another spanking from the federal judiciary over their "determined disregard" of the rule of law. Isn't it time to give these misbehaving government hooligans a permanent timeout? Federal judge Martin Feldman in Louisiana excoriated the Obama Interior Department Wednesday for defying his May 2010 order to lift its groundless ban on offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf. Nine months later, not a single permit has been issued. Several deepwater platforms have moved out of the area to take their businesses -- and an estimated 5,000...
  • Interior Department to Lock up Drilling for Polar Bears

    11/29/2010 12:19:48 PM PST · by red meat conservative · 12 replies
    Red Meat Conservative ^ | 11/29/10 | Daniel
    In yet another example of overzealous land confiscation on the part of the DOI, the WSJ is reporting that Interior has "designated 187,000 square miles of offshore sea ice and other areas as critical habitat for polar bears".  This act will severely hamper drilling activity in that large, oil rich region.  Although the designation doesn't automatically close off the land to development, it calls on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to research whether outside development will negatively effect the polar bear population.  Furthermore, it exposes the developers to endless lawsuits from radical eco-socialist public interest law firms. This is...
  • 3 Republicans Say Report on Spill Was Manipulated

    11/13/2010 4:51:57 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 12, 2010 | JOHN M. BRODER
    Three Republican senators demanded Friday that the White House explain last-minute editing changes to an Interior Department report on the BP oil spill that falsely implied that a group of independent experts had endorsed a political decision to temporarily halt all deepwater oil drilling. The senators, members of the Environment and Public Works Committee, called for hearings into the matter, contending that the White House had manipulated science for political ends, a claim Democrats frequently made about the George W. Bush administration. The Interior Department’s inspector general issued a report this week asserting that officials in the office of Carol...
  • Two Revolutions, Two Views of Man

    07/25/2010 1:37:12 PM PDT · by betty boop · 928 replies · 58+ views
    Conservative Underground | July 6, 2010 | Jean F. Drew
    TWO REVOLUTIONS, TWO VIEWS OF MAN By Jean F. Drew As every American schoolchild has been taught, in Western history there were two great sociopolitical revolutions that took place near the end of the eighteenth century: The American Revolution of 1775; and the French, of 1789. Children are taught that both revolutions were fought because of human rights in some way; thus bloody warfare possibly could be justified, condoned so long as the blood and treasure were shed to protect the “rights of man.” The American schoolchild is assured that the American and French revolutions were both devoted to the...
  • Obamnesty First, Security Second?

    06/21/2010 5:24:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 21, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Immigration: The president tells a border state U.S. senator that if we beef up border protection Democrats will lose the bargaining chip for comprehensive immigration reform. Forget national sovereignty — sue Arizona! As the Obama administration prepares to sue the state of Arizona to block its copycat enforcement of federal immigration law, Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl reveals that in a private meeting President Obama put his party's agenda above the nation's sovereignty. Last Friday, Kyl told the audience at a North Tempe Tea Party town hall meeting: "I met with the president in the Oval Office (regarding securing the...
  • A Ban On Truth

    06/10/2010 6:02:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 976+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 10, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Energy Policy: The advisory board on offshore drilling says it never endorsed a moratorium, which was added later by the interior secretary. The only thing transparent about this administration is its lies. Experts brought together by the Obama administration to review offshore drilling safety were asked to review recommendations in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. They did not give their blessing to the six-month drilling moratorium announced by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and have accused him of deliberately appending their report to make it seem like they did. According to the New Orleans Times Picayune, Salazar's May 27...
  • Let Border Patrol in wilderness areas, Bishop says

    04/14/2010 4:42:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 367+ views
    Deseret News ^ | April 14, 2010 | Lee Davidson
    WASHINGTON — Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, introduced a bill Wednesday seeking to end the Interior Department's current practice of denying the U.S. Border Patrol access to wilderness and other protected federal lands along the Mexico-U.S. border. He said that would ensure that Interior's policies "no longer enable dangerous criminals to co-opt federal border lands as their drug trafficking highways." Bishop for months has been calling for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to change the policy on his own. Bishop, the ranking Republican on a subcommittee that oversees national parks and public lands, visited the border earlier this year and said he...
  • Buying Votes With Water

    03/18/2010 5:21:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies · 1,413+ views ^ | March 18, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Politics: The water spigots are back on, at least temporarily, in California's Central Valley. Turned off to protect a tiny fish, they happen to be in the districts of two congressmen "undecided" on health care reform. One could chalk it up to good fortune or just good constituent service. But in the middle of a contentious health care debate marked by Cornhusker Kickbacks and Louisiana Purchases, we may be forgiven if we find an announcement by the Department of the Interior regarding California's water supply a tad too coincidental. On Tuesday, the Department of the Interior announced it was increasing...
  • Sarah Palin: Drillgate

    02/09/2010 6:16:47 PM PST · by euram · 80 replies · 1,996+ views
    Facebook ^ | 02-09-10 | Sarah Palin
    Many of us appreciated the President mentioning in his State of the Union address that “tough decisions” had to be made regarding offshore drilling. People have had doubts about his seriousness in regards to domestic energy policy because our Department of the Interior dragging its feet on Virginia’s offshore oil and gas leases. Still, we’ve held out hope that America’s voice will be heard on energy. And now Vince Haley at Big Government reports this shocker: In April of 2009, during a discussion about offshore exploration in San Francisco, Salazar said that President Obama directed him to “to make sure...
  • Drillgate: Secretary Salazar's Cover-Up

    02/08/2010 5:50:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 1,136+ views ^ | February 8, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Energy The administration asked for public comments on a plan to expand offshore drilling. When they came in 2-to-1 in favor, the Interior Department sat on the news. Time for a "Texas tea" party? When you ask for public comment on a major policy issue, at some point you should make the results public, not hide them until you can figure out a way to spin the public reaction to support a conclusion you've already drawn. On its last business day in office, the Bush administration published a proposed draft of a five-year plan to lease areas in the Atlantic...
  • Department of the Interior Settles Cobell Lawsuit - after 13 years

    12/08/2009 10:22:25 AM PST · by kinsman redeemer · 2 replies · 348+ views
    A top priority of DOI Secretary Ken Salazar was to settle the 13-year old Indian Trust lawsuit. That goal was just met and announced. The settlement says the Federal Government will: o Establish a $1.4 billion fund to settle historic trust mismanagement and accounting claims. o Create a $2 billion fund that DOI will use to buy back fractionated Indian lands to ensure the problems raised by Cobell do not occur again. To provide an additional incentive for account holders to sell their interests in fractionated lands, Interior will direct up to 5 percent of the value of fractionated land...
  • The Modern American Declaration of Liberty: 2009

    11/27/2009 12:12:41 PM PST · by Jeff Head · 18 replies · 728+ views
    Petition Online ^ | 11/27/2009 | Jeff Head
    Please take the time to read and sign this poingnant and forthright statement at the following link if you are so inclined...and then pass it on. It is being supported by the FreeRepublic Alliance site, Restore the Constitution. THE MODERN AMERICAN DECLARATION OF LIBERTY It is past time for us all to stand and dmenad a return to the Constitution and to fundamental moral, republican, and constitutional principle upon which the constitution is based.
  • Declaration Of Independence

    07/03/2009 10:12:56 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 15 replies · 418+ views
    Second Continental Congress ^ | 7/4/1776 | Founding Fathers
    In Congress, July 4, 1776, the unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America.When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they...
  • Remembering What the Declaration of Independence is Not

    07/03/2009 1:10:16 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 624+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 03, 2009 | Bruce Walker
    When we celebrate the Fourth of July, we are celebrating one of the most important political documents in the history of the world.  The Declaration is a statement to the world -- the people of the world was the audience -- about the very nature of government and its relationship to men.  Sometimes we appreciate what this document was, but perhaps we need even more to appreciate what it was not. It was not a poll-driven summation of current opinion.  The men who gathered in Philadelphia did respect each other's talents and knowledge, but the document they signed was not...
  • Rare and valuable copy of American Declaration of Independence found... in Surrey

    07/02/2009 6:15:45 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies · 1,452+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 2nd July 2009
    A rare copy of the United States Declaration of Independence worth thousands of pounds has been discovered in Britain. The document, which is in perfect condition, is believed to be one of only 200 ever printed and was found among files at the National Archives in Kew. An American antiquarian bookseller carrying out research found the Dunlap print of the declaration which was printed on July 4, 1776. The discovery brings the total of known surviving copies worldwide to 26. The last discovery of a Dunlap print was at a flea market in 1989, and it sold at auction in...
  • Are you ready for 2nd Declaration of Independence?

    04/08/2009 7:23:34 PM PDT · by JSDude1 · 44 replies · 1,541+ views
    World Net Daily dot Com ^ | April 8, 2009 | Joseph Farah
    WASHINGTON – When Barack Obama called for "all nations" in the world to "come together to build a stronger, global regime" to respond to threats like those posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and long-range missiles, WND's Editor and CEO Joseph Farah had heard enough. Farah was stunned once again that no major news agencies in the world even deemed to question the administration about what he meant. It sounded to Farah like Obama was, once again, raising the specter of some form of global governance unaccountable to the American people – a direct threat to U.S. sovereignty and independence....
  • Court: Va. man owns 1776 copy of Declaration

    02/27/2009 7:43:05 PM PST · by dware · 25 replies · 1,139+ views
    AP ^ | 02/28/2009 | MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
    RICHMOND, Va. – A rare 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence belongs to a Virginia technology entrepreneur, not the state of Maine, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday. Richard Adams Jr. of Fairfax County purchased the document from a London book dealer in 2001 for $475,000. But the state of Maine claimed it belongs to the town of Wiscasset, where it was kept by the town clerk in 1776. Virginia's high court said that a lower court did not err in its ruling in Adams' favor because Maine didn't prove the document was ever an official town record and...
  • Obama Thinks Original Declaration of Independence Not Good Enough?

    01/19/2009 6:32:33 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 27 replies · 1,085+ views
    Publius' Forum ^ | 1/19/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    In his Saturday remarks during his campaign train ride, President-elect Barack Obama issued some soaring rhetoric about the state of the country today. At least the Old Media thought it was soaring rhetoric, anyway. Typically, the media was overawed by his mellifluous tones, of course. But during these remarks in Baltimore Obama made a startling suggestion. He said we need a "new Declaration of Independence." Apparently the original one isn't good enough for the new president, but it also seems a silly rhetorical flourish. After all, what is it that we are declaring independence from this time? Recall that the...
  • New Rules On Right-To-Carry In Our National Parks Take Effect Today

    01/11/2009 6:12:37 AM PST · by epow · 3 replies · 658+ views
    NRA-ILA ^ | 1/11/09 | staff
    New Rules On Right-To-Carry In Our National Parks Take Effect Today Friday, January 09, 2009 In early December, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), through the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announced the final amended version of a change to rules on carrying firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges. The change will restore the right of law-abiding gun owners to transport and carry concealed firearms for lawful purposes on most DOI lands, according to the laws of the states in which these public lands are located. The new rule, which takes effect today, allows...
  • Report: 'Culture of substance abuse and promiscuity' at Denver oil and gas agency (DOI/MMS)

    12/03/2008 6:09:48 AM PST · by NotQuiteCricket · 3 replies · 377+ views
    The Colorado Independent ^ | 9/11/08 | Ernest Luning
    Scathing reports released Wednesday charge officials with “a culture of ethical failure” involving sex, drugs and financial shenanigans at a federal agency in Denver charged with collecting energy royalties for taxpayers. In three reports prepared for Congress by the Department of Interior’s inspector general, 13 current and former employees at the agency’s Minerals Management Service were charged with violating the public trust in a frat house atmosphere. MMS employees, according to the reports, accepted gifts from oil companies, had sex with industry contacts, and did drugs at the office and at oil company parties. Other MMS officials steered business to...
  • Sons, Daughters of Iraq Registration Wraps Up in Adhamiyah

    09/22/2008 6:13:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 143+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Zach Mott, USA
    BAGHDAD — The last of nearly 2,900 members of the Sons of Iraq (SOI) and Daughters of Iraq (DOI) were officially registered with the Government of Iraq in Adhamiyah District of northern Baghdad, Sept. 20. The SOI, and most recently, the DOI, are volunteer citizen groups similar to the Neighborhood Watch Program in the United States. They have been instrumental in decreasing attacks and have aided Iraqi and Coalition forces with actionable intelligence. The men and women made their way to Combat Outpost Apache in northern Baghdad to have their paperwork processed and information entered into a database to facilitate...
  • Hurricane Ike destroys 49 oil platforms in Gulf

    09/19/2008 7:56:01 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 586+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | September 19, 2008 | H. Josef Hebert (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- At least 49 offshore oil platforms, all with production of less than 1,000 barrels a day, were destroyed by Hurricane Ike as it raced across the Gulf of Mexico, and some may not be rebuilt, the Interior Department said Thursday. It said in the latest hurricane damage assessment that the platforms altogether accounted for 13,000 barrels of oil and 84 million cubic feet of natural gas a day. There are more than 3,800 production platforms in the Gulf producing 1.3 million barrels of oil and 7 billion cubic feet of gas each day. Most remain shut down.
  • First The Great Seal, Now The Declaration of Independence

    06/25/2008 9:09:38 AM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 2 replies · 116+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | June 25, 2008 | Bill Dupray
    Can’t wait for the fundraising photo of Abe Lincoln, sitting in his Memorial with an Obama t-shirt on saying “Emancipation for America - Vote Obama.”
  • Secretary Kempthorne Announces Decision to Protect Polar Bears under Endangered Species Act

    05/14/2008 4:38:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 151+ views
    U.S. Department of the Interior ^ | May 14, 2008 | U.S. Department of the Interior
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today announced that he is accepting the recommendation of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dale Hall to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The listing is based on the best available science, which shows that loss of sea ice threatens and will likely continue to threaten polar bear habitat.  This loss of habitat puts polar bears at risk of becoming endangered in the foreseeable future, the standard established by the ESA for designating a threatened species. In making the announcement, Kempthorne said,...
  • Declaration falls through the cracks (vintage copy of founding document behind filing cabinet)

    01/19/2008 4:09:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies · 361+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/19/07 | Steve Chawkins
    Declaration falls through the cracksThe Supreme Court's rare copy is safely tucked away, then forgotten for seven years, a spokeswoman says. By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer January 19, 2008 When in the course of human events it becomes necessary to locate a rare, vintage copy of the nation's founding document, try looking behind the filing cabinet. That was a lesson learned the hard way at the Supreme Court, where a 185-year-old facsimile of the Declaration of Independence gathered dust for seven years, tucked behind the office furniture, a court spokeswoman acknowledged this week. Commissioned by John Quincy...
  • The Press of a Patriot : The Importance of Free Republic

    01/05/2008 6:21:14 PM PST · by bd476 · 19 replies · 1,549+ views
    The Press of a Patriot Norfolk's first newspaper, the Virginia Gazette, or Norfolk Intelligencer, had a brief but memorable existance. Its first issue appeared on June 9, 1774, and what is believed to have been its last issue left the press on September 27, 1775. The four-page weekly, the only known copies of which are preserved in the Library of Congress, was first published by William S. Duncan & Company, whose printing office was on the east side of the Parade or Market Square, later known as Commercial Place. Arbitrary Governance Leading to Suppression of Freedom In April of...
  • UK: America’s constitution produces a pure democracy we will never have

    12/16/2007 12:33:05 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 49 replies · 219+ views
    The Times ^ | 12/16/07 | Simon Jenkins
    This Christmas marks the 350th anniversary of the least-honoured genesis of American freedom, to be celebrated in the New York suburb of Queens. For only the fourth time in its history a fragile piece of paper called the Flushing Remonstrance will go on display. Written in 1657 by the English citizens of the Long Island village of Flushing, it asserted their right to freedom of conscience against the autocracy of Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch governor of their colony of New Netherland. It thus long predated the “self-evident truths” of Jefferson’s 1776 Declaration of Independence. The Flushing Remonstrance protested against Stuyvesant’s...
  • Dept of Interior Blocking Conservative Blogs?

    10/11/2006 11:52:53 AM PDT · by FreedomNeocon · 25 replies · 1,110+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | 10-11-2006 | Little Green Footballs
    Baron Bodissey forwarded this email today; is the US Department of the Interior following the lead of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, and blocking American anti-jihad sites? I’m a long-time reader, without ever actually commenting on anything. Yesterday the U.S. Department of the Interior (I work for the Mineral Management Service) installed blocking software on their entire network. Gates of Vienna is now blocked, as are all sites with a .blogspot URL. Also blocked are other conservative blogs, such as Wizbang. More than half the sites I check on a daily basis are now completely blocked. As of today, Little Green...
  • The Creed Of America

    07/15/2006 7:28:16 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 9 replies · 421+ views
    County Press ^ | By Dr. James R. Harrigan
    G. K. Chesterton, an Englishman, remarked in 1922 that "America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed." That creed was given 230 years ago by Thomas Jefferson, who wrote in the Declaration of Independence, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal" and "that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." As Lincoln said one afternoon in Gettysburg, America was, and continues to be, the only country dedicated to a proposition. It is, in the...
  • The Declaration of Independence (our controversial religious heritage)

    07/04/2006 7:08:37 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies · 543+ views
    The Washington Times | July 4, 2006 | Thomas Jefferson
    When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life,...
  • Obscure graves for two heroes

    07/04/2006 2:51:28 AM PDT · by leadpenny · 12 replies · 910+ views
    The Free Lance-Star ^ | Independence Day 2006 | FRANK DELANO
    Obscure graves bury the accomplishments of two Northern Neck brothers who signed the Declaration of Independence __ They were brothers whose signatures on the Declaration of Independence made them American heroes for all time. Now Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee rest in obscure Northern Neck graveyards visited by few, even on the Fourth of July. "We only come out here when somebody dies," said H. Gwynne Tayloe III. Tayloe stood Sunday beside a brick-walled cemetery where Francis Lightfoot Lee is buried beside Tayloe's ancestors at Mount Airy Farm near Warsaw. The graveyard is a 10-minute walk from the...
  • Today in History:July 4,1776 the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence

    07/03/2006 6:47:14 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 14 replies · 1,185+ views
    Various ^ | 7/4/1776 | The thirteen United States of America.
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